Wednesday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

Today's Mass Readings


“I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.”

St. Paul talks about this fulfilling in relation to Christ’s suffering for his bride, the Church: “Now I rejoice in what was suffered for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church.” (Another translation puts it: ‘I fill up what Christ still has to suffer in my person.’)

The Church is the New Covenant in Christ’s blood. He came not to abolish the Old Covenant which God had made with his People, but to complete what it was meant to be: a bond of love that dealt with sin and death!

In the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, Jesus gives us the means of being with him in this bond. Here he brings us and all things back to the Father, from whom we came! In this sense, he is a new Elijah who comes to center our worship on the one, true God.

Reflection by Fr. Xavier Nacke, OSB

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